Earlier this week it was reported that Twitter will soon make a significant change to timelines that will actually make the microblogging network feel more like Facebook. It was reported that Twitter will launch an algorithmic timeline which will put tweets out of the reverse chronological order in which they’re displayed currently. The response on Twitter wasn’t great at all, #RIPTwitter started trending, forcing CEO Jack Dorsey to finally respond to the controversy.
Many users didn’t like the possibility that Twitter could become more like Facebook and perhaps lose the real-time heart and soul that has attracted hundreds of millions of users to Twitter in the first place.
Dorsey sent out a few tweets to respond to this controversy but stopped short of confirming whether timeline changes are around the corner. He only confirmed that Twitter won’t be losing its real-time heart.
“Twitter is live. Twitter is real-time,” he wrote, adding that We love the live stream. It’s us. And we’re going to continue to refine it to make Twitter feel more, not less, live!”
His words do make it seem like a new experience might be coming soon even if it’s not as drastic as people think it’s going to be, particularly since he has pointed out that “Twitter can help make connections in real-time based on dynamic interests and topics, rather than a static social/friend graph,” which is basically another way of saying that Twitter has the potential to be more than the reverse chronological timeline people know and love it for.
It’s unclear though when a new timeline experience might be announced and considering the backlash a mere report has had, perhaps Twitter might want to take things a bit slow here so as to not upset its users even further.
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